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Bert Socket - Sat Mar 02, 2013 @ 07:53PM
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Black Ops 2 Zombie Reveal Trailer Images

View some Video gameplays of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Roxio game capture) on the New Zombies Mode “Turned”, In this new game mode, run and wreak havoc as a zombie, trying to kill the lone human in the map. Once you successfully kill the human, you respawn as the lone human. You only get points when you’re the human, so it’s important you fend off the hoard of zombies (i.e. the other players) for as long as possible.

The first video is from YouTuber / commentator “chaosxsilencer”, The video is titled “BO2 – “New Zombie Mode TURNED Live Comm” (Black Ops 2 Revolution Map Pack DLC - capture card)”. Make sure to visit his official YouTube channel: Source: chaosxsilencer

The second video is from YouTuber / commentator “Matroix”, The video is titled “TURNED” Zombies LIVE w/ Ali-A – Black Ops 2 Revolution Gameplay (Roxio HD PRO) – NEW COD BO2 DLC”. Make sure to visit his official YouTube channel: Source: Matroix

read more: http://www.sohood.com/2013/02/ps3-black-ops-2-turned-zombie-mode-gameplay-videos/

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Borderlands 2

Randy Pitchford has provided a new update in regards to the level cap increase for the recently-released multiplatform title, “Borderlands 2.” According to a message on his Twitter page on Feb. 28, the CEO of Gearbox Software (Roxio game capture hd pro) is unsure if they will be able to raise the maximum level to above 50 by the end of March. This is because they underestimated the amount of work required to patch the Mac, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (game capture) video game. You can check out some screens from the latest installment in the “Borderlands” series in the slideshow at the top of this article and the comments from Randy Pitchford below (courtesy of DuvalMagic Twitter):

"We'll see. It's turned out to be a huge amount of work."

The level cap increase was originally planned to arrive for “Borderlands 2” (capture card) sometime during the first-quarter of 2013.

read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/borderlands-2-level-cap-increase-release-date-update-posted

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DOUBLE TAP...Next Assassin's Creed title is "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag"

Via GamesRadar, this is the leaked first trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

In the trailer, a grizzled pirate describes Captain (and assassin) Edward Kenway (Roxio game capture).

"There was a time I thought myself the deadliest scourge of these seas," the pirate says. "But this man..."

We then see Kenway hacking, slashing, and doing his assassin thing (Roxio game capture hd pro). The trailer ends on a silhouette of Kenway. At the end of the trailer, we see a slide saying Assassin's Creed IV will be out October 29 and that it's "also coming on next-gen consoles (Roxio capture card)." Logos on the bottom: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC.


read more: http://kotaku.com/5988072/assassins-creed-iv-is-out-october-29-according-to-this-leaked-trailer

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Bert Socket - Tue Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:47PM
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As if one wasn't all still a little sore from the OS catastrophe that was Windows Vista, and now Microsoft could be plunging the consumer knife in once more by essentially rendering the secondhand console games market useless.

The information to hand indicates the new generation of Xbox gaming could require users to be permanently connected to the internet, using online verification to log on and access games each time they play. Edge magazine published gaming industry chatter that points to the new Microsoft gaming experience "will be absolutely committed to online functionality"

According to our little Money4Machines spies, gamers will probably buy new games online and be required to activate them via their own Xbox console and Xbox Live account. In layman's terms, the game would be tied to the console and render the secondhand gaming market mute.

Gadget Company Money4Machines are not big fans of things that stomp all over the secondhand gadgets and games markets. Heaps of their customers sell consoles to upgrade to the newest console. But a potentially pleasant upside, as pointed out by one of their office gamers, could be that games fall significantly in price. When the game is cheap to buy new in online-only form, developers could make their money from advertising and in-game purchases instead.

read more: http://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/new-xbox-could-block-secondhand-games/s66/a552103/

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Bert Socket - Sat Feb 02, 2013 @ 05:19PM
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Thursday was the last day of work for about 25,000 U.S. Postal Service clerks, including five from the Cumberland area, who accepted buyouts of $15,000 each as a part of early retirement packages.

“We have the five from the 215 and 267 (zip code) post offices,” said Cumberland Postmaster Sean O’Donnell on Thursday. The service area O’Donnell administers has 113 clerks, he said.
read more: http://times-news.com/local/x1303535974/25-000-postal-clerks-take-buyout-early-retirement here
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The entire future of Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic was put in doubt on Friday after two of Barack Obama's most trusted advisers called for a permanent halt to oil exploration.
 
In a piece for Bloomberg news, Carol Browner, who was Obama's climate adviser during his first two years in office, and John Podesta, who headed his 2009 transition team, said they now believed there was no safe way to drill for oil in the Arctic.
 
Their opinions come at a critical time for Shell, which has invested six years and nearly $5bn trying to gain access to the vast undersea reserves of oil and natural gas in the Arctic ocean.
 
The Obama administration this month launched a high-level review of Shell's plans for the Arctic, after a series of equipment failures and safety and environmental lapses.
 
The company is also struggling to repair or replace its Kulluk oil rig, which ran aground over the New Year, in order to return to the Arctic when the drilling season re-opens in July.
 
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Bert Socket - Mon Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:23AM
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Now that the holiday shopping frenzy is almost over, merchants are bracing for a less-welcome wave of business: merchandise returns. But it’s not all those sweaters that never seem to fit right that are the big headache. Instead, post-Christmas marks the prime season for retail return fraud. According to a National Retail Federation survey, return fraud cost retailers an estimated $8.9 billion in 2012, with nearly 30 percent occurring during the holiday season alone. Overall, the survey shows that about 4.6 percent of holiday returns are fraudulent.

Of the 60 retailers surveyed, 96.5 percent reported being ripped off by criminals who collected refunds for stolen items this year, and almost half said they’d received counterfeit receipts. Nearly two-thirds of the retailers said customers had returned items they’d worn or used.

NRF spokesmen were not available for comment, but Vicky Brock, chief executive officer of Clear Returns, a Scotland-based startup that’s developing data analysis software to track and prevent retail fraud, shed some light on the costly problem of wear-and-return fraud. “A lot of people think that when they return something, it’ll go straight back on sale,” Brock says. “But it may never get back on sale—by the time it’s been sent back to distribution, repackaged, if it’s in a condition for sale, it could have been discontinued of discounted. In some cases, it’ll just get shredded.”

read more: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-30/when-christmas-brings-retailers-many-unhappy-returns?

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Bert Socket - Mon Dec 31, 2012 @ 03:22AM
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“Online is clearly taking share from brick and mortar…this is likely to continue” —International Council of Shopping Centers, last week

America has too many malls.

I’ve recently blogged that many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are being threatened with“economic destruction” by their advantaged online competition. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, anchorwoman Nicole Lapin asked about the implications of this dynamic on retail real estate. I said I hadn’t studied it, but I thought the ramifications would be very big and very negative (I believe the phrase “apocalyptic” was used).

I’ve since had the opportunity to spend some time looking at this issue, and I believe we’re seeing clear signs that the e-commerce revolution is seriously impacting commercial real estate. Online retailers are relentlessly gaining share in many retail categories, and offline players are fighting for progressively smaller pieces of the retail pie. A number of physical retailers have already succumbed to online competition including Circuit City, Borders, CompUSA, Tower Records and Blockbuster, and many others are showing signs of serious economic distress. These mall and shopping center stalwarts are closing stores by the thousands, and there are few large physical chains opening stores to take their place. Yet the quantity of commercial real estate targeting retail continues to grow, albeit slowly. Rapidly declining demand for real estate amid growing supply is a recipe for financial disaster.
read more: http://qz.com/39035/the-largest-retailers-in-the-us-do-not-look-very-healthy/
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Bert Socket - Mon Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:15AM
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On a gray day in February 2010, Brian Roberts sat facing the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. The panel was holding its first hearing on a proposed merger between two of the country’s most powerful media companies, the cable distribution giant Comcast Corp. and the entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal.

Roberts, the chief executive officer of Comcast, was a calm and friendly witness. If the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger, Comcast’s future as the largest distributor of information in the country would be assured.

Comcast had been gaining strength as a monopoly provider of wired high-speed Internet access in its territories, while the U.S. was lagging behind other countries when it came to the prices charged for and the speed and capability of this basic communications tool. At the same time, the Internet was becoming the common global medium. With high-speed Internet access, a farmer in Missouri can access weather conditions and crop prices; American Indians on a remote reservation can have their eyes checked by a distant doctor; entrepreneurs and small businesses in California, New York and all the states between can find inexpensive entry points into global markets.

read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-25/merger-made-comcast-strong-u-s-web-users-weak.html?article

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Bert Socket - Mon Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:13AM
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Image source: christielynnsmith via Flickr

Congratulations are in order for Christie Lynn Smith and John Fortson.

“Santa was really good to us this year! Our son, Joshua Taylor Fortson, was born Saturday, December 22 at 2:07 pm. at Providence St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank,” the actress confirms with Celebrity Baby Scoop. “He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.”

The Smith-Fortsons brought their newest addition home on Christmas Eve.

“He has beautiful blue eyes, a button nose and the sweetest lips and the softest brown hair. I’m in love with this little guy,” she gushes. “We are both doing great! And my husband and I are thrilled with our little one’s arrival. We came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. My parents had just flown in the night I went into labor. Perfect timing! They were and continue to be such a great help. The holidays are about families coming together and so it’s special that my family was here to celebrate and welcome Joshua to the world.”

And it sounds like their 4-year-old daughter Abby was just as excited about the newest family member.

read more: http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/12/30/christie-lynn-smith-welcomes-baby-no-2-joshua-taylor

After pregnancy , one factor is in dealing with body fats from a lots of goodies . All foods which have dietary fat normally include a combination of fatty acids-the chemical developing fat. Understanding the combination of fatty acids in your daily diet will let you figure out how to choose foods with the good fats and stay away from those foods that contain the bad fats.

For good fats , look to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids . These can instantly be found in a variety of fruit and vegetables , oils , and nuts , such as avocados , almonds , and olive oil . All of these will support body system to combat attack from toxins , that are specially made types of atoms that can damage your body’s cells.

Not to mention that you can start working out to lose weight. Jogging with your baby using a jogging stroller is a good start.

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Naming baby
 
Everyone always wants to know how parents chose their baby's name, so I of course had to ask! "Joshua was a name we always liked. Joshua seemed like a friend. Someone sweet, strong and fun," Smith said. "We chose Taylor for the middle name based on the same qualities. And his initials will be J.T., which sounded like a little surfer to us."
 
Dad John Fortson is a big surfer. Smith, who says she knows her kids will be surfers too, also surfs herself. "Our daughter Abby Ryder, who will be 5 in March, loves swimming and the ocean, and John already had her out on her first lesson. So look out for J.T. in the surf soon!"
 
Smith's birth experience
 
When I asked Smith about her birth experience, she said that she'd been having Braxton Hicks contractions since week 30, so she knew her body was ready to have Joshua for a while. "These last few weeks — they were getting much stronger and I felt I was going to have this baby early," she shared.
 
Joshua's due date was January 3, 2013, but, as Smith says, "Joshua had other plans!" Her water broke in the early, early morning hours of December 22 and later that day, her son was born.
 
"My contractions were painful, but my OB said, 'Well, there is a reason they are called 'labor pains.' I think this second time around I was a little calmer and more focused and so I could embrace the experience a little more," Smith shared. "The birth was amazing. I touched his head as he came out. I was excited to meet my son. It’s truly a miracle."

read more: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/980737/actress-christie-lynn-smith-welcomes-a-holiday-baby

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